La Liga

Riqui Puig: Player Rating and Performance v Alaves

The 20-year-old looks to have solidified his position in the Barca team with another superb performance

 
6:45pm on Sunday 19th July 2020
By
Paul Macdonald • PAULMACDFC

It's clearer than it ever was - Riqui Puig is now unquestionably a Barcelona starting player.

The talented 20-year-old made his fifth start in six matches in the final round of La Liga season, where Barcelona comfortably defeated Alaves 5-0, with Puig in scintillating form.

But what was Puig's overall display like?

📷 Match Snapshot

Barcelona were much more fluent here than they have been in recent weeks, though much of this must be put down to the meaningless of the occasion and forgiving nature of Alaves' play.

Alaves 0-5 Barcelona: Full Player and Match Statistics

But Puig is just here to play football and show what he is capable of, and he did this superbly, providing two assists.

A ⏱️ 33' Puig bides his time inside the area before sliding a well-timed pass into the path of Messi, who dummies the goalkeeper before slotting into the net.

Puig almost had himself another assist immediately, sliding a glorious pass through to Luis Suarez, who was in goal but blasted straight at the goalkeeper.

A ⏱️ 56' But in the second half he finally became the youngest Barcelona player to register two assists in a single game since Thiago Alcantara in 2011, slipping a simple pass into the area for Nelson Semedo to smash home.

The quality of the opposition has to be taken into account but Puig created a huge three Big Chances, and his xA of 1.52 was double that of the great man Lionel Messi.

His overall FC Rating of 9.0 was second only to the Argentine, however, whose two goals and an assist sees him land the prize (again).

〽️ Rating Week-on-Week

✔️ IMPROVEMENT

No Barcelona player covered themselves in glory in the humbling home defeat to Osasuna in midweek, but Puig was one of the better performers, scoring an FC Rating of 6.6 for his display.

But here he was on a different level entirely, hitting an FC Rating of 9.0.

🗝️ Key Stats

Puig match stats

StatisticValueNotes
FC Rating9.0
Mins Played90
Touches69
Passes56
Pass Completion88%
Assists2
Big Chances Created3
Expected Assists1.52

What Next?

Quite simply, Puig is the future and after a season of doom and gloom, he needs to be integrated into the set-up next season on a regular basis.

Barcelona don't have an option like him and with a fully-fit Frenkie de Jong next to him next season, there's still plenty of reason for encouragement that Barca can be competitive next year.

After so long the club looks like having a new regular Catalan presence in the starting XI, something the fans will be delighted about.

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